By providing strong financial and operational leadership, the Office of Finance and Administration maintains all of the services necessary to provide efficient and effective business operations for a nationally recognized metropolitan research university and to meet the demands of our students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the offices, units and departments that fall under the purview of this office work as part of the University’s mission and to power the goals and objectives of the University of the 21st Century plan.

The interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) along with the Associate Vice Presidents for Human Resources, Facilities Management, and Business Services work together with the interim Associate Vice President for Audit and Institutional Compliance, interim Chief Technology Officer, University Controller, and interim Director of Public Safety regarding all university day-to-day operations.

Interim Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Susan Howarth

Again serving as the Interim CFO for UofL, Susan Howarth brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Office for Finance and Administration. In her previous appointment as the Vice Provost and Chief Budget Officer for the University, Susan was responsible for the preparation and oversight of the University’s General Fund, Foundation, Research, Plant, and Athletic budgets.

In the CFO role, Howarth has direct oversight of the University’s Lead Fiscal Officers, the Office of Budget and Planning and the Finance/Controller’s office. She is additionally responsible for the financial management that provides support for our strategic plan, including long-term financial planning, financial reporting and transparency.

Susan has a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Finance from Northern Illinois University.

Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Lee Smith

Lee Smith serves as the Interim COO for the UofL in addition to his responsibilities as the Associate Vice President for Performance Improvement and Business Analytics (PIBA). As part of developing and implementing process improvements and operations methodologies, he directs the offices of Business Services, Facilities Management, Information Technology and Public Safety.

As AVP for PIBA, Lee established the new Business Operations unit and has responsibility for the finance and human resources ERP solutions, project management, business intelligence, digital communication and other quality improvement initiatives.

Smith has earned degrees from Furman University and Yale University and is currently finishing his EdD in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania.


Our various offices provide responsive and effective management of the professional budgeting, payroll, financial management, and accounting services in support of the University’s mission and its broad array of academic and support programs.

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We review and evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of current systems of internal controls established by the university and its affiliated corporations. Our offices provide independent and objective compliance assurance in order to improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

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We provide support for the University’s top asset – our employees. Our services allow campus administrators recruit, retain, recognize, and reward top quality faculty and staff. Look to us for information on employment and compensation, salary and benefits administration, employee relations and compliance, and our health and wellness programs.

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